Success Is Subjective

Sunday, March 07

By Sophie Maria Kibinian

What is it with this fear of a 9 to 5 job? Why is it portrayed as miserable and unsuccessful?

I’ve seen many TikToks about how the younger generation is scared of the 9 to 5 living, which revolves around working in a cubicle, driving a middle class car, coming back to a suburban house with 3 kids at the dinner table, while the cycle goes on. Why is success defined by being your own boss, a young CEO, the owner of a small business etc…

Let me quickly remind you of the definition of success: “Success is the status of having achieved and accomplished an aim or objective.”  Whether, it’s a job that provides a steady income or a self-made career, success goes both ways, depending on how you see it.

Success is subjective, it depends on your background, your values, your way of thinking. Nowadays were brainwashed into thinking, that going to an Ivy League School, having a C-suite executive job at a young age is considered as an achievement and a triumph. Whereas, studying at a university, then getting a 9 to 5 job is seen as dull and typical.

At the end of the day, were don’t share the same goals, same values, and the same way of thinking. Let me remind you that, an athlete, a CEO, an actress and a revolutionary are all considered successful in their own way, all while sharing differences in careers. So, don’t stress it out, do what makes you happy, and create your own definition of success, life isn’t a competition.


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